Archive | July 3, 2017

New Island Appears in the Middle of the Bermuda Triangle*

New Island Appears in the Middle of the Bermuda Triangle*

For a region given one of the most dangerous and mystery labels, how come it is one of the most most heavily travelled shipping lanes in the world?

A bizarre new occurrence has thrown one of the world’s most mysterious places into more darkness.

The Bermuda Triangle, that is popularly known as the Devil’s Triangle is the loosely-defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean that has puzzled even the best of experts for years as a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared there under mysterious circumstances.

While many reputable sources dismiss the idea that there is any mystery, popular culture has attributed various disappearances to the paranormal or activity by extraterrestrial beings.

The internet is flooded with a lot of documented evidence indicating that a significant percentage of the incidents were spurious, inaccurately reported, or embellished by later authors.

Now, reports reveal that a new island has formed in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle and with the mysterious occurrence raising interest in the region worldwide, visitors fascinated by the Triangle’s deadly history have been warned of trying to visit the new island.

Experts have also warned that the rip tide is incredibly strong and anyone that visits the region may well end up in a watery grave.

Further, sharks and stingrays are also said to be patrolling the waters.

According to Bill Smith, president of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, said, “We’re worried about shark bites, but we’re more worried about drownings.”

According to reports, the mile-long sandbank began to show itself in spring and since then has developed into a fully formed small island.

The region has been dubbed Shelly Island by locals, due to the number of shells on its sandy shores.

The newly-formed land is said to be just off Cape Point in North Carolina, U.S.

To the east of the new island is Bermuda and just below that is one of the most heavily travelled shipping lanes in the world – the Bermuda Triangle.

Bermuda Triangle is one of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships frequently crossing through it for ports in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean islands. 

Cruise ships and pleasure craft regularly sail through the region, and commercial and private aircraft routinely fly over it.

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Chinese Lunar Rover Finds No Evidence Of American Moon Landings!*

Chinese Lunar Rover Finds No Evidence Of American Moon Landings!*

A new scandal has happened after high ranking officials from the Chinese space program called the American moon landing “a complete hoax”, the Beijing Daily Express reports.

The claims came after the Chinese moon rover allegedly couldn’t find any proof of American landings on the Moon.

The rover took thousands of photos and after analyzing them the Chinese discovered that there’s no trace of these moon landings.

Now the Chinese space program has launched a petition, already signed by 200 of its high-ranking officials, demanding explanation from the U.S. government and the release of classified NASA information which will finally put an end to all the speculations and give definitive proof of the American moon landings.

Or maybe it was just an elaborate hoax with the sole purpose to fool the world about its space program capabilities. Whatever the case they need to come forward and speak the truth.

The petition has been signed by world-renowned nuclear engineer, Yury Ignatyevich Mukhin, and numbers of other prominent Russian engineers and ex-KGB agents.

They’re all saying that the Russian government “has always been aware of the situation since the early 1970s”.

The claims are favoured by conspiracy theorists who have tried to convince the public for decades that the USA hasn’t ever landed on the Moon.

The landing was just an elaborate plan to trick Russia into believing they are further ahead in the space race.

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‘Liberating’ the Moon of Its Natural Resources!

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The U.S. Expanding its Domain to Space and Cyberspace*

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The Beginning of the end for Murdoch’s Sun*

The Beginning of the end for Murdoch’s Sun*

 

Now a nationwide boycott is official, it looks like the beginning of the end for Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun. On 2 July, fans of over 70 football clubs unanimously passed a motion to extend the boycott of the newspaper in Liverpool to the rest of the country. The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF), representing fan groups including Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, will mount huge pressure on shops across England and Wales to stop stocking the tabloid.

The decades-long Liverpool boycott has been incredibly successful. Author Chris Horrie estimates that the campaign cost News International approximately £15m a month (in 1989 prices) for the last 28 years. Now, the FSF will seek to extend that boycott nationwide.

Roy Bentham, who tabled the motion, told The Canary:

“We’re gonna take [the boycott] wherever we can, to every nook and cranny, in every town and every village around, in England and Wales”

Official FSF policy

The motion read:

“On 15th April 1989, a disaster at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield led, ultimately, to the deaths of 96 innocent fans who had left home that morning to watch a football match.

Those fans, whose ages ranged from 10 to 67 years old, were unlawfully killed that day.

Survivors who many as we know have also taken their own lives or had lives irrevocably changed since Hillsborough too.

Contrary to the facts, the Sun published a front page story with the banner headline ‘The Truth’ which contained blatant lies.”

Just four days after the Hillsborough disaster, The Sun ran a front-page article blaming football fans for the incident. As The Canary previously reported:

The Sun accused Liverpool supporters of robbing victims, urinating on policemen and beating them up. It sought to alleviate police responsibility by blaming ordinary people. But the claims began to unravel 6 months after the front page ran, as they were entirely fabricated.”

‘Absolutely thrilled’

Following the vote, local divisions of the national organisation will:

“call on all retailers and vendors of newspapers in their areas to stop selling The Sun.”

A member of Spirit of Shankly – the Liverpool Supporters’ Union – proposed the motion. After the vote, Bentham said:

“We are absolutely thrilled that the motion was… passed unanimously.

Usually a motion will create some debate or amendments, but this just passed straight through without a single delegate voting against it.”

Liverpool and Everton football clubs have already banned Sun journalists and the sale of the newspaper from their grounds. Bentham told The Canary that he hoped clubs will begin to extend that ban across the country following the vote.

Bentham said he would personally like to thank organisations, including the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, the HFSG and Hope for Hillsborough, that have backed the campaign from “day one”.

The trade unionist also pointed out that the campaign went beyond The Sun. The Spirit of Shankly member said it was also about fighting the mega-rich Premier League trying to “squeeze” more and more money out of ordinary people.

The Sun‘s wall of shame

The FSF motion was predominantly about Hillsborough. But there are other reasons people have recently called for a mass boycott of The Sun.

The newspaper’s front-page responses to two of the recent terror attacks in the U.K. prompted strong criticism. The Manchester bombing on 22 May killed 22 people and injured 59. After the bombing, The Sun ran a front page placing an image of the youngest identified victim of the attack (8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos) right next to her killer. And The Sun‘s response to the 3 June London terror attack, where seven people were killed, also provoked a backlash. The outlet appeared to link Arsenal Football Club to the terror attack:

The Sun claims to represent the grassroots. But now, it looks like the grassroots will bring about its downfall. Fans of over 70 football clubs across the country will lobby their local areas to stop buying and selling The Sun. The motion could well be the beginning of the end for Murdoch’s paper.

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U.S. Planes Caught Sneaking ISIS Terrorists Out Of Syria again*

U.S. Planes Caught Sneaking ISIS Terrorists Out Of Syria again*

By Sean Adl-Tabatabai

Syrian authorities have caught U.S. military aircraft secretly transporting ISIS terrorists out of Syria to unknown destinations. 

According to senior Syrian legislator Ammar al-Assad, the United States is helping ISIS to escape Raqqa, where Russian and Syrian forces are successfully defeating the terrorist organization.

Farsnews.com reports: Assad said that the U.S. is now transferring the ISIL terrorists from Syria, especially Raqqa province, to unknown places.

Arab media outlets had disclosed that the ISIL started withdrawing troops from West of Raqqa province following an agreement with the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, while Syrian army soldiers managed to oust ISIL from its last strongholds in Eastern Aleppo and enter Western part of the group’s de-facto capital in the Arab country.

Al-Assad revealed mid-June that the U.S. has transferred the ISIL ringleaders who are originally from the Western states from Raqqa to other regions.

He said that the U.S. has allowed over 120 ISIL members to leave Raqqa with their weapons and go towards al-Sukhnah to create insecurity in Palmyra (Tadmur) region but the Russian and Syrian fighter jets pounded and killed them.

“The U.S. is highly coordinated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as some of the group’s commanders are from the U.S., Britain, France and certain regional states. Actually what is happening in the battlefield is against what the media say. Many surprising events happen,” al-Assad added.

He said that weeks ago, the U.S.-led coalition planes staged heliborne operations in Raqqa and transferred a number of ISIL ringleaders to unknown places, adding that they were not Syrian, Iraqi or Chinese, but were the western commanders of the ISIL.

Noting that Raqqa is highly important to the U.S., he stressed that

“How could it be possible for the ISIL and the SDF to arrive at an agreement, despite their ideological differences, that allows the ISIL leaders to leave Raqqa through a safe passage.”

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What the Media Won’t Tell You about Syria*

Clinton, Obama, Lynch, Sanders, Comey All Under Federal Investigation*

Clinton, Obama, Lynch, Sanders, Comey All Under Federal Investigation*

By Baxter Dmitry

 

While mainstream media continues to warp American minds with their skewed and fraudulent anti-Trump broadcasts, a whole slew of Obama-era Democratic Party crooks have been placed under official federal investigation – and mainstream media has not even bothered to inform the nation.

You wouldn’t know it from the mainstream media, but President Donald Trump is not under FBI investigation (repeat: NOT).

But you know who is? Hillary Clinton. Loretta Lynch. Barack Obama. James Comey. Bernie Sanders.

Daily Wire report: In early June, Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, launched a new probe of former Secretary of State Clinton’s attempts to deflect a Bangladesh government corruption investigation of Muhammad Yunus, a Clinton Foundation donor and friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made a personal call to pressure Bangladesh’s prime minister to aid a donor to her husband’s charitable foundation despite federal ethics laws that require government officials to recuse themselves from matters that could impact their spouse’s business,” Circa reported.

If the Secretary of State used her position to intervene in an independent investigation by a sovereign government simply because of a personal and financial relationship stemming from the Clinton Foundation rather than the legitimate foreign policy interests of the United States, then that would be unacceptable,” Grassley said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Co-mingling her official position as Secretary of State with her family foundation would be similarly inappropriate. It is vital to determine whether the State Department had any role in the threat of an IRS audit against the son of the Prime Minister in retaliation for this investigation,” Grassley wrote.

Also, Sanders and his wife are both under investigation over a bank loan Jane Sanders got to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News reported last week.

Politico Magazine first reported the Sanders had hired lawyers to defend them in the probe. Sanders’ top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents’ allegations from a January 2016 complaint accusing then-President of Burlington College, Ms. Sanders, of distorting donor levels in a 2010 loan application for $10 million from People’s United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution.

According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Sen. Sanders’ office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan.

And former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is now under investigation, too. The Senate Judiciary Committee last week opened a probe into Lynch’s efforts to control the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email scandal.

Grassley, along with the committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, sent a letter to Lynch asking her to lay out exactly what she did during the Clinton probe. Former FBI Director James Comey testified this month that she tried to get the FBI to downplay that probe.

“At one point, she directed me not to call it an ‘investigation’ but instead to call it a ‘matter,’ which confused me and concerned me,” Comey said in his June 8 testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department if we are to close this case credibly.”

Comey said Lynch’s request “gave the impression the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our investigation with the way a political campaign was describing the same activity.”

From the nonstop coverage of Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, you’d think he was under FBI investigation. But he isn’t. Instead, three big Democratic players are.

But you wouldn’t know that from the MSM coverage. In fact, Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s Meet The Press, didn’t even ask Sanders about being the subject of an FBI investigation during a seven-minute interview on Sunday.

Par for the course.

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FBI Resume Clinton Foundation Investigation*

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From 15 Million Acres to 1 Million: How Black People Lost Their Land*

From 15 Million Acres to 1 Million: How Black People Lost Their Land*

By David Love

Slave Quarters at the Hermitage plantation,Chatham County, Georgia

 

At its height, Black land ownership was impressive. At the turn of the 20th century, formerly enslaved Black people and their heirs owned 15 million acres of land, primarily in the South, mostly used for farming. In 1920, the 925,000 African-American farms represented 14% of the farms in America.

Sadly, things turned for the worse, as 600,000 Black farmers were forced off their land, with only 45,000 Black farms remaining in 1975. Now, Black folks are only 1% of rural landowners in the U.S., and under 2% of farmers. Of the 1 billion acres of arable land in America, Black people today own a little more than 1 million acres, according to AP.

During the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture settled with Black farmers for $2.3 billion for their longstanding claims of discrimination in farm loans and other government programs.

Over the years, Black people have lost their land through a number of circumstances, including government action, deception and a reign of domestic terror in the South that forced Black people from their homes through threats of violence and lynching. That terror and economic exploitation precipitated the Great Migration, which resulted in the uprooting of over 6 million Black people from the South and their relocation to the North, Midwest and West between 1916 and 1970.

How we lost the land is an untold story.

An investigation by AP documented the process by which people were tricked or intimated out of their property. In this study of 107 land takings in 13 Southern and border states, 406 landowners lost over 24,000 acres of farm and timber land and 85 properties such as city lots and stores. The property, which today is owned by white people and corporations, is valued in the tens of millions of dollars. In recent years, groups such as the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in Atlanta and the Land Loss Prevention Project in Durham, N.C., receive new reports of land takings on a regular basis, while the Penn Center in St. Helena Island, S.C., has gathered 2,000 such cases. One story from the AP provides the context by which families lost their land to thievery and violence:

After midnight on Oct. 4, 1908, 50 hooded white men surrounded the home of a black farmer in Hickman, Ky., and ordered him to come out for a whipping. When David Walker refused and shot at them instead, the mob poured coal oil on his house and set it afire, according to contemporary newspaper accounts. Pleading for mercy, Walker ran out the front door, followed by four screaming children and his wife, carrying a baby in her arms. The mob shot them all, wounding three children and killing the others. Walker’s oldest son never escaped the burning house. No one was ever charged with the killings, and the surviving children were deprived of the farm their father died defending. Land records show that Walker’s 2 1/2-acre farm was simply folded into the property of a white neighbour. The neighbour soon sold it to another man, whose daughter owns the undeveloped land today.

Land is among the most important assets people can own. Certainly, for the rural society in which many African Americans traditionally have lived, land represented prosperity, intergenerational wealth, family and community. According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), land can be “a vital part of cultural and social identities, a valuable asset to stimulate economic growth and a central component to preserving natural resources and building societies that are inclusive, resilient and sustainable.”

“It’s more about land as a home, it’s about economics and culture, all rolled up into one,” Jennie L. Stephens, executive director of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation said. Based in Charleston, S.C., the organization serves 15 counties in the Palmetto State, including the Lowcountry, where Gullah-Geechee have struggled to hold onto their ancestral homelands on the Sea Islands in the face of development, gentrification and corporate intrusion. For generations, families have had the land, procured through the blood, sweat and tears of their ancestors, until many are forced to sell it.

The Center promotes sustainable land use to help historically underserved families realize the wealth-building asset of their land, and prevents heirs’ property owners from losing their land. Under the concept of heirs’ property, a form of communal land ownership found among rural communities of the South, both Black and white, numerous heirs of the original landowner are co-owners of the land, each owning a percentage share. They may be 20, 30, 40 or more people scattered around the country, and in some cases, have never visited the land and may not even know they are co-owners. The problem arises when corporations and developers entice family members to sell their share, becoming family members themselves and forcing a partition sale, a court-mandated auction sale of the land, all without notice to the other family members.

“It is a real issue,” said Tish Lynn, director of communications at the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation.  Lynn said that across the Southeast and throughout the country, land has been in the hands of African-American families through heirs’ titles, passed from generation to generation without a clear title to the land. Rather, land was passed through oral tradition, without access to the judicial system or the ability to hire a lawyer. Although heirs’ property is a rural characteristic rather than a racial one, for Black people who have had more than their share of exploitation, the suffering is compounded.

“I talk about it as an injustice. We call it legalized theft. We’re trying to level the playing field by clearing the title,” Lynn said.

Jennie Stephens noted that while the issue of land loss is not new, it is receiving more attention these days. Indigenous Black landowners now find themselves grappling with the same land loss issues facing Native Americans. Once thought to be the most unproductive land, now everyone wants to live in the Sea Islands area. Lynn calls the Charleston coastal area a magnet, with “40 new people coming every day, and the attraction of industry, Boeing, Volvo and the desirability of living here has logarithmically increased the pressure of development.” Hurricane Hugo helped shine a light on issues facing the coast as forests amid these heirs’ properties were destroyed. With few laws on the books to protect landowners, it is easily lost and families torn apart.

“We started to look at the tax-assessed value of the land of all the individuals we provide legal advice and counsel,”

Stephens said of the clients whose land her organization seeks to protect, which is roughly 300 people each year.

“Over the last year, the tax-assessed value is $38.4 million,” she noted.

Hilton Head Island is a most salient example of once-predominantly Black-owned land that is now in majority white hands, due in no small measure to partition sales. Beaufort County, S.C., which includes Hilton Head, was 57% Black in 1950 but is now 77% white, as The Nation reported, with Black farmers falling from half of all farmers throughout the state to only 7% today.

For heirs’ property owners, clearing the title to the land is a key to helping them use it as an economic engine.

“When natural disasters occur, they cannot access FEMA funds because they don’t have clear title. You can’t apply for any other housing rehab programs that require clear title. Where does that leave you? You need a bucket or you have to move,” Stephens said.

“Oftentimes, landowners don’t come and ask for help until there is an emergency or there has been an increase in the [tax] assessment of the property. … If people don’t receive help in title issues, the land will be lost. The land will become a gated community. Boeing is expanding, Volvo is expanding. Some of our folk are already being asked, ‘Do you want to sell your land?’”

The land loss these Black populations are experiencing is a gentrification issue transposed onto rural communities, as Lynn noted. While it is an economic issue, it is also an environmental one, as Stephens emphasized:

“Once the land is lost, it is not left green anymore. Now, you see these condos with asphalt. It does not only impact the landowner but entire communities,” she noted, adding that people who moved there because they loved the way the land looks are themselves changing the way the land originally looked.

There is some relief in sight for heirs’ property owners in South Carolina, in what could signal a trend for the rest of the South. In 2016, then-Gov. Nikki Haley signed the Clementa C. Pinckney Uniform Partition of Heirs’ Property Act, named in honor of the state lawmaker among the eight murdered in an act of racial terror at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in 2015. The law allows co-tenants to buy out the shares of land speculators — making it difficult for land to be sold through the courts — and allows judges to consider factors such as the sentimental, ancestral and fair market value of the property.

While the Pinckney Act is one example in the right direction, throughout the nation, Black wealth is continuously undercut. For example, the Great Recession, and the attendant subprime mortgage crisis that preyed upon Black and Latino homeowners through institutional racism and discriminatory lending, was a period of historic losses of wealth. According to the Urban Institute, Black families lost 31% of their wealth between 2007 and 2010, Hispanics 44%. As a result, the racial wealth gap continues and Black folks find themselves hamstrung, unable to build for the future and pass down their legacy to successive generations.

“If you can get people to maximize their potential through land, they don’t need a handout,” Jennie Stephens said, underscoring the importance of owning the land and building family wealth.

“It is time for your child to go off to college. Maybe you have had trees growing for awhile. One person who has clear title, they had the trees cut off their land and were able to send their children to college without student loans. That money was not a loss to their family, literally that wealth was passed to their family,” she added.

“That’s a very simple example of wealth building, the fact these children can come out of college without a student loan. You’re starting out and not in the negative. And if your parents managed that land, you get to go back and cut the trees again. If you have clear title, you can get a mortgage and a home equity line of credit.”

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‘Our future is slavery, West gets everything’ in Mineral-rich, Money-poor Congo*

‘Our future is slavery, West gets everything’ in Mineral-rich, Money-poor Congo*

 

RT Documentary travels to the vast, near-landlocked Democratic Republic of Congo, prized for its mineral resources, but plagued by centuries of colonial rule, dictatorship, civil wars and lawlessness, and meets people trying to make a living in one of the most desperate places on Earth.

 

The documentary crew’s key to understanding the country, seven times the size of Germany, was Bernard Kalume Buleri, born in 1960, the same year DRC was granted its independence from Belgium. Buleri served as an interpreter, guide, and finally the hero and symbol of the country, having been a direct participant in some of its bloodiest chapters.

 

Bernard Kalume Buleri/RT Documentary ‘Congo, My Precious’ / RT

 

“I can’t say that the Congolese, we are in control of our destiny. No, because the ones who benefit from our minerals are not the local population, but Western countries are the ones who are taking everything. They make themselves rich, while we are getting poorer and poorer, says Buleri.

 

The country of almost 80 million is one of the world’s largest exporters of diamonds, coltan – essential for electronics – and has massive deposits of copper, tin and cobalt.

“I’m afraid even for my children. Because they will continue in this system to be slaves forever. We’ll never be powerful enough to challenge the Western countries. So, the future will be the future of slaves,” Buleri continues.

 

There is plenty of blame to go around for the predicament of what is also a fertile and scenic land.

With almost no educated elite, DRC was poorly-prepared for its separation from Belgian rule, now best remembered for the atrocity-filled reign of King Leopold II, which may have killed up to half of the country’s population.

 

The vacuum was filled by the archetype-setting African kleptocrat Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled the country for more than three decades, until he was deposed in 1997, plunging Africa into a series of continent-wide conflicts that may have resulted in as many 5 million deaths through violence, starvation and disease.

The country’s below-ground wealth means that it was never left alone for long enough to reform and wean itself off its reliance on metals and gems – the widely-mentioned “mineral curse.” The mines the RT crew passes are now owned by local warlords, chiefs and officials, with exports mostly going to China.

Salinga Prosper is a coltan and cassiterite prospector at the Mokengu Family Mine, located a two-hour walk away from the village of Tchonka. Every day, he wakes up at 4am, walks by foot to the mine, and works till sunset, digging for metals that he will sell at 1/20th of the price they will eventually fetch on the market.

“We are always hungry. We do this so our children don’t starve,” he tells the RT crew.

“What else can we do in this region? This is our destiny. Anyone not strong enough joins the army or the gangsters. But the strong, we work here.”

 

Millions of locals – perhaps one-fifth of the adult population, at some point – are employed in what is known as artisanal mining, inefficient small-scale prospecting with simple handheld tools, with no safety measures or guaranteed wages. But for a country that ranks 227th out of 230 for GDP per capita, according to World Bank data, any job at all is a matter of survival.

 

“At least we can earn something, not like when we were just unpaid slaves,” Wassa Mokengu, the mine owner, who likes to remind his employees that they used to be paid with rice and salt in colonial times, tells the documentary makers.

The acceptance of their circumstances by the Congolese is in equal parts dispiriting and admirable. Bulemi himself says that he paid a Hutu militia the equivalent of $5 to shoot – not cut apart – his Tutsi wife in Rwanda, when they came to slaughter her with a machete during the genocide.

He found his second wife, then a prostitute, in a local bar back in his homeland, and has started a new family, though he admits that he is haunted by the past, and anxious about the future.

“I’m struggling: I try to stay stable, I try to have a normal life. But inside me… sometimes I feel I’m dead,” he says. “We don’t understand what kind of system they have put in to rule this world. I don’t talk about other countries; I’m talking about my country, my family. And the worst, I don’t see a solution – I don’t think there is a solution.”

 

“Congo, My Precious” will be broadcast on RT on July 5, 6 and 9, and on RTD every day between July 5-12. It will also be available online here.

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Related Topics:

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The Secret Race to get Congo’s Uranium to Destroy Hiroshima*

How the World Runs on Looting the Congo*

The U.S. and the Wars in the Sahel*